DEAR DIDI: I was at Costco the other day and there was dog in the store wearing a vest that only said "In Training". I asked what the dog was in training for because she had a very grey muzzle and looked to be on the older side. The owner said "Companion Dog". I am very confused about the terms Therapy Dog, Companion Dog, Service Dog, Comfort Dog, and Working Dog. I know you've touched on this before but can you define these terms clearly for me? Obviously I would LOVE to take my well behaved dog into stores ...
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